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Panorama Mesdag painting to be digitised


Panorama Mesdag, the largest cylindrical painting in Europe, located at the Panorama Mesdag museum in The Hague, is going to be digitised. It was painted by Hendrik Willem Mesdag, his wife Sientje Mesdag-van Houten, along with help from G.H. Breitner, T. de Bock and B.J. Blommers. It is apparently one of the world’s finest and largest surviving panoramas. The visitor’s platform is a dune, creating the illusion of being back at the nearby Scheveningen beach in 1880.

The panorama is 120 metres long and about 14 metres high, of which every brush stroke will be photographed. A total of 10,000 details of an exceptionally high resolution will be taken using a specially designed tripod.

The museum believes that this project, which will last for months, will provide countless possibilities for studies and restoration.

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  1. […] From Dutch NOS TV: The painting Panorama Mesdag in The Hague will be shown on the Internet from 2010 on. 10,000 digital detail photos have been made of the 120 meter long and 14 meter high work. Panorama Mesdag shows Scheveningen and The Hague in 1881; it was made by Hendrik Willem Mesdag and his wife Sientje. See also here. And here. […]

  2. […] studied in Brussels and eventually moved to The Hague, Mesdag’s best know work is the Panorama Mesdag, a cylindrical painting (‘cyclorama’) more than 14 metres high and about 40 metres in […]

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